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GATCO Edgemate Professional Knife Sharpening System - GA10005

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Part Number: GA10005
Manufacturer: Gatco Sharpeners
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GA10005: Edgemate™ Professional Knife Sharpening System
Gatco® Sharpeners

This is the ultimate knife sharpening system that will sharpen all kitchen, sport, and utility cutlery including knives and cutting tools with serrated blades. Never before has a sharpening system done so much! This specialty product utilizes the GATCO® exclusive knife clamp/angle guide to insure that all cutting tools can be easily sharpened to a precise razor-like edge.

This system contains:
  • Extra-Coarse, Coarse, Medium & Fine sharpening hone
  • Serrated knife sharpening hone
  • Scientifically formulated honing oil
  • Custom carrying case with instructions permanently affixed to lid
  • GATCO® exclusive knife clamp/angle guide
Sharpens all sizes and types of kitchen, sport, and utility cutlery

Sport & Utility Cutlery
  • Serrated pocket knives
  • Plain edge pocket knives
  • Serrated sport knives
  • Hunting knives
  • Skinning Knives
  • Tactical Knives
  • Survival knives
  • Razor knives
  • Fillet knives
  • Gut hook knives
  • Hook bill carpet knives
  • Swiss Army knives
  • Multi-tool knives
Kitchen Cutlery
  • Chef’s knives
  • Paring knives
  • Butchers’ steaking knives
  • Serrated bread knives
  • Boning knives
  • Meat slicing knives
  • Serrated utility knives
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
4.333 (18 reviews)
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Daryl M
Santa Barbara, Ca
Mar 02, 2014
Pros: Durability, Effectiveness, Overall Quality
Cons: Ease of Use, None
Still my go-to sharpener, but it's not perfect.
I have owned and used the GATCO 10005 sharpening system for many years. It’s still my favorite, and I’ve tried just about everything short of the Edge Pro. It does have some drawbacks (I’ll get to those in a moment), but overall it’s dependable, sturdy, consistent, and can put a screaming sharp edge on your knives. There are some cons, though, and some little nuances that you should know about. First, if you go back later to re-sharpen a knife, it’s hard to guarantee that you will get exactly the same sharpening angle again. You’ll probably just have to start over. Then, there’s the clamp itself. It has a slot cut at its end, supposedly for pocket knives, and if you use that, you probably will get the same angle every time. Unfortunately, the slot isn’t recessed very far into the clamp, and it may be a little deep compared to the thickness of the knife you’re sharpening. The rod guide itself is very un-ergonomic. Using it as-is for any length of time will tire and gouge your hand. If you buy this system, you will definitely want to get the “Easy Grip Clamp Mount” to go with it. The last drawback is that the clamping screws and clamp edges get in the way of using the shallower (11° and 15°) slots. I solved the screw head height problem by buying some shorter socket-head cap screws and a socket wrench. Despite these things, this is still my go-to sharpener when I really want to guarantee that I’ll get a great edge. It is that dependable. Just be aware of the limitations and work-arounds, and I think you will probably like it, too.
3 out of 5
Gordon Le
Elkins Park, PA
May 28, 2013
Pros: None
Cons: None
Can work well, but has an obvious design flaw
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned this before, however, anyone who understands basic geometry will understand that the Edgemate has an obvious design flaw: The angle at which you sharpen the blade will depend on how high or low the blade sits in the clamp. Because the markings at the base of the clamp are not calibrated to any particular blade height, the actual sharpening angle will vary depending not only on the sharpening stone angle you select, but also on the width of the blade and how deeply you set it in the clamp. If you insert the sharpening stones into the same slots every time but change how deeply you set the blade in the clamp, you'll get a different sharpening angle. There is roughly an inch of space between the top of the clamp and the top tightening screw. There is also 5-5/8" between the outermost slots, so there's a pretty large margin for error here. Another problem other reviewers have noted is that the Edgemate does a poor job of gripping small blades and does not have the correct geometry for sharping blades much wider than the base of the clamp. All that said, this product is still capable of producing razor sharp edges at consistent angles; you just have to be sure that your blade is neither too large or too small and that you insert it into the clamp at exactly the same depth every time. This may require more attention to detail than some folks are capable of. On the other hand, it allows a lot more control and consistency that you can get with freehand systems. You pay your money and make your choice. Just be sure you know what you're choosing.
5 out of 5
Fresno, CA
May 27, 2013
Pros: None
Cons: None
Ease of use works for me.
Five minutes of reading the easy to follow instructions printed on the lid and I got excellent results on my first try. I started with the kitchen knives first, 10" slicer, 8" chefs, 6" boner, and 3" paring, all came out as sharp as when they were new. The biggest trouble I had when sharpening knives was keeping the blade at a consistent angle to the stone. The blade holder has slots in it that eliminate that problem. I was impressed with the craftsmanship, design, and ease of use. I am going to order the grip for the holder which would have made use even easier, but it's not necessary for great results.
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